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Wall Street Journal
02/25/2016
The Most Extreme High-Rise Condos on the Market Including DDG’s 180 East 88th
By: Nancy Keates

With scores of tall buildings going up, it can take a lot to stand out: A look at the contenders in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. […]

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With scores of tall buildings going up, it can take a lot to stand out: A look at the contenders in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Included with the purchase of this Manhattan condo: a $1 million-dollar yacht, two Rolls-Royce Phantoms and $2 million in credits to renovate the unit. A sweet deal, but hardly a dent in the condo’s asking price of $85 million.

“People spending this much money can afford to buy their own yacht and Rolls-Royce,” says Dan Neiditch, the real-estate agent who has the listing. But the extras “show the lifestyle we want to present here.” The 10-bedroom, 13-bathroom apartment on the 45th floor of midtown building Atelier has had about 12 offers in the $50 million range over the past year — not quite high enough, says Mr. Neiditch. With scores of super-tall, glassy buildings popping up in cities across the country, it can take a lot of superlatives to distinguish one from another. So developers and marketers are getting creative to stand out in the high-rise market. Drone landing pad? Check. Complimentary dog walking? Sure. Biometric elevator access? Done.

To cut through the hyperbole, Mansion set out to find the tallest, biggest, priciest and otherwise mostest high-rise apartments on the market in four major cities. We used data and information from real estate websites PropertyShark and Realtor.com. (News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal, also owns Realtor.com, the listing website of the National Association of Realtors.) In all categories, top residences were chosen based on publicly available listings and data. Here is a bird’s-eye view of some of the country’s most extreme aeries in the sky.

New York

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Wildest Amenity: 180 East 88th – Indoor soccer field

Upper East Side building 180 East 88th has eight floors dedicated to play, with a fitness studio, partial basketball court, playroom and residents’ lounge, but the most unusual is its 18’ x 26’ indoor soccer field. In the school-heavy neighborhood a soccer area “made perfect sense,” says Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., Chairman and CEO of developer, designer, builder and manager DDG. On the market for $15.5 million is unit 42 — a four-bedroom, 4,429-square-foot full-floor apartment.

Most Expensive: 635 West 42nd Street (Atelier Building) – $85 million

Best View: 157 West 57th Street (One57) – 360-degree views that take in Central Park, the Hudson and East Rivers and the Statue of Liberty

Highest Floor: 432 Park Avenue – Floor 91

Most Exclusive: 834 5th Avenue – Buyers must get past the co-op board

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Most Expensive: 3315 Collins Avenue (Faena House) – $55 million

Largest: 1451 Brickell Avenue (Echo Brickell Building) – Approximately 10,100 square feet

Highest Floor: 1425 Brickell Avenue (Four Seasons Residences) – Floor 65

Best View: 1541 Brickell Avenue (Palace Condominiums) – A condo with a 3,000-square-foot rooftop terrace that has views of the entire city

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Most Expensive: 159 East Walton Place – $13.9 million

Highest Floor: 175 East Delaware Road (John Hancock Center) – Floor 90

Best Views: 401 North Wabash Avenue (Trump Tower) – Views to the south, east and west from the 69th floor

Wildest Amenity: 415 East North Water Street – An oak and maple squash court modeled after one Michael Douglas uses in the movie “The Game.”

Most Exclusive: 65 East Goethe Street – When a condo becomes available it is usually bought off-market by someone already in the building who wants to expand, according to Jim Kinney, vice president of luxury home sales for Baird & Warner.

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Most Expensive and Largest: 1 West Century Drive (Century City) – 9,318 square feet for $28.95 million

Highest Floor: 701 West Olympic Boulevard (The Ritz-Carlton Residences) – Floor 51

Most Exclusive: 10375 Wilshire Boulevard (Wilshire Terrace in Westwood) – Buyers must pay all cash and pass the formal approval process by the homeowner’s association board, including a background screening, personal reference check and financial statement review. No leasing is allowed.

Wildest Amenity: 1050 South Grand Avenue (Ten50) – Drone landing pad

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